Throughout the past 20 years, I have lived at 13 different addresses. With each move, belongings were pared down, but I managed to retain my battered, dog-eared copy of Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”
Covey makes the case for what he calls “The Character Ethic.” This ethic embraces principles necessary for effective living. The very first trait he lists is integrity. Similarly, my old copy of the United States Air Force Core Values from 1997 beings with “Integrity first,” nowhere in the book does the word loyalty appear.